2468 Celebrate New Identity at Annual Dinner
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Cadets, staff and guests from 2468 celebrated in style on Friday 18th November at their first annual dinner as Belle Vue Squadron. The event took place at Stanley House Masonic Hall with a number of distinguished guests in attendance including the guest of honour Air Marshal Sir ‘Dusty’ Miller KBE.
The evening saw the introduction of the new squadron crest which takes inspiration from both the Belle Vue Aces speedway team and the famous Belle Vue entertainment complex which stood next to the squadron some years ago. Previously known as St Gregory’s School Squadron, the change of name was decided by all cadets and staff to better reflect the area that they represent as well as giving them a stronger local identity. Flight Lieutenant Dave Bothamley RAFVR (T), Officer Commanding 2468 squadron said “I am extremely proud to see the squadron going from strength to strength, our new identity only supports the superb efforts being put in by both cadets and staff alike”.
Following on from a delicious 3 course dinner, Air Marshal Miller gave an inspirational speech, focusing on the importance of seizing every opportunity and the commitment to self-development, integrity and respect for self and others to get the most out of the present and future.
Sir Dusty joined the RAF when he was 15 as an apprentice technician before being commissioned on the 2nd January 1970. He later went on to become Air Officer Commanding Number 22 training Group in 2002, Air Secretary in 2003 and Deputy Commander Joint Forces Command in 2004. He was knighted by HM the Queen in 2007 for his distinguished service in the Royal Air Force. Sir Dusty is now the President of the Royal Air Force Association (RAFA) after retiring from the RAF in 2008 and was also a volunteer pilot at RAF Cosford AEF.
The dinner concluded with a Disco and the all-important chance to get a picture with the Air Marshal. Andy Jones, Chairperson of 2468 Civilian Committee said ‘it’s great to see the squadron growing and developing, and tonight was an opportunity for all of us to celebrate our achievements this year. The cadets have really enjoyed the chance to experience a military style dinner and it is clear that they are ready to take on the opportunities and challenges that 2017 will bring for the squadron.’
A big thank you to Stanley House for their outstanding hospitality and to all of the guests for their continued support.